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      27.11.2012 21:40
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      This fabulous exfoliator is a beauty "hero" which gives instant results, and is great value.

      I first tried this product after seeing it featured in a magazine as a star buy, and I could instantly see why!

      The packaging is sturdy, simple and classy. I have had loads of these, and the pot and lid have never been damaged. Because it is in a pot, it is very easy to get the amount you want out, rather than squeezing too much from a tube, so the packaging works well. The paper label stuck to the bottom sometimes gets a bit soggy and disintegrates, so I tend to remove this.

      The product smells very natural, a bit fruity, a bit earthy, typical of Origins. On using the product, it feels almost gel-like, which means it glides on nicely. You must apply it to damp skin, otherwise it feels harsh and doesn;t glide properly. You feel the exfoliation straight away, but not in a harsh way - the particles seem very fine and gentle, which allows you to massage it into the skin without causing abrasive damage. Not only do the particles exfoliate well, but also the "carrier" liquid seems to have excellent conditioning properties too. You can feel a freshening, improving action.

      After applying to damp skin in a circular motion, one tip is to leave the exfoliator on your face for a few minutes before removing. I find that this enhances its performance and allows the plant extracts to work on the skin. I then massage again with lots of water in a gentle rinsing programme.

      After use, the skin feels really soft, conditioned and any little flaky patches are resolved. I am prone to spots and have combination oily/dry skin, and it improves all areas of my face.

      The product is so effective that I always notice a huge difference after just one use. I tend to use it 2 - 3 times a week, and because a little goes a long way it lasts me about a year (even though my husband occasionally borrows it - it is totally unisex and great for men's skin too!). If I keep it much after that time, I find that the consistency and smell change slightly, but it still works fine.

      This is one of my all time favourite skincare products. It is pricy, but there is nothing comparable available and it lasts so long that it is excellent value overall.

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      07.06.2010 00:04
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      The best exfoliator I have tried. I love it!

      My sister bought a tub of Never A Dull Moment for her and myself after she read about it in a magazine having won a beauty award. I'm already a massive Origins fan, but I can't stop raving about this product. I absolutley love it and, believe me when I say, it lasts ages and ages (I had my first tub for about two years!!). It is an Origins Best Seller and won the U Magazine Beauty Award for Best Exfoliator in 2007.

      Never A Dull Moment is a skin-brightening facial polisher with fruit enzymes. It contains nature's potent enzyme, Papain from crushed Papaya to dissolve dull skin cells without irratation and Apricot and Mango Seeds to polish the skins surface.

      I use this exfoliator once a week religiously, to slough away the dead skin cells that leave my skin looking dull and tired (yuck). The result is unbelievably bright, radiant skin with a super soft surface. It also has a lovely fruity smell which makes your skin feel that much more refreshed.

      To use:
      After cleansing, gently massage a small amount (about the size of a ten pence piece) into damp skin using circular motions. Avoid the eye area. For extra exfoliating benefits, leave on the skin for a few extra minutes without scrubbing. Rinse off well using a warm damp face cloth.

      Never A Dull Moment is avaliable at Origins counters found in most large department stores like John Lewis and at www.origins.co.uk. It comes in either a 125ml tube for £23.00 or a 125g glass tub, also for £23.00. I have the glass tub, simply because I think it looks nicer on my bathroom shelf but I imagine the tube would be easier to use for application purposes.

      Overall, I think this product is great and it does exactly what it claims to do. I would recommend this product to everyone as it is suitable for use on all skin types. I wouldn't be without it (and I won't for at least another year and a half) and once you try it, I'm sure you'll feel exactly the same.

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      13.01.2010 11:17
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      Grab a pot and you will be happy you did...

      My sister read about this a couple of years ago and we both bought a tub and I have been converted ever since. Just unscrew the pot and you will be engulfed by the smell of apricot and mango, it literally made my nasal hairs stand up with glee. (please note that there is not nasal hair problem going on here ;-))

      The polish itself has a shiny glass like gleam and rather than scoop some on to my fingers I also feel like I want to dive in with a spoon. Ok so it is not food but it smells so good and feels rich, soft and gooey (if you like that kind of thing!) I recommend putting a tiny bit on your fingers first and rubbing it together so you can feel the soft texture of the polish combined with the the little bits of the crushed papaya. At this point I would like to add that I initially had hoped for a little more exfoliating power as I like to feel that my face is being thorughly scrubbed!

      However, once applied to the face it does seem to have more of the exfoliating effect that I like (but not too harsh for those of you who don't want the rough treatment) and a softness that makes your face feel like it's getting the polish that the product promises. Rinse off a and your face feels smooth, clean, has a nice glow and smells fresh to boot.

      I don't really have anything critical to say about this product because it seems to have an affinity with my sensitive skin. However I do like to try to be objective, therefore if there was a tiny negative point it would be that I was left with a some seed residue after rinsing a couple of times, although this is easily removed with tissue, cotton wool or a towel.

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      13.04.2009 14:35
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      So near and yet so far - I won't be adding this to my routine.

      I had a bad experience from a free trial of Origins Modern Friction and the sales rep was no doubt very keen to make sure I didn't let that bad experience cloud my opinion of Origins for evermore, so she gave me some samples including a fortnight's supply of Never a Dull Moment. I have been delighted with most of them and I was almost delighted with this one too.

      *Product description*
      Never a Dull Moment is a gentle exfoliator which uses fruit enzymes to gently get rid of dead skin cells, as well as beads for gentle friction exfoliation.

      *Appearance*
      This is a thick, amber coloured gel with grains made of ground apricot and mango seeds. Looks very natural. The packaging is simple. With a clear jar and plain white lettering and lid, the product is the star, and rightly so as the amber gel looks very rich and tempting to use.

      *Practicality*
      I used a small sample size jar but the full size 125ml jar has a wide neck which would be easy to scoop product out of. However this kind of packaging means you have to handle the product in the jar which can transfer germs. Also the screw-top could be tricky with wet hands.

      *Fragrance*
      It's so fruity! It smells sweet and good enough to eat. Like a boiled sweet. I see other reviewers can confirm it also tastes nice but I didn't go quite that far!

      *Use*
      This is a thick gel so a couple of dollops the size of the tip of my finger were enough to cover my whole face. Although in the jar it appears to be packed with grains, in use, there don't seem to be that many, which is fine because it is meant to be gentle, and the fruit enzymes are doing a lot of the work anyway. It tingled a little on application although it didn't hurt. You can rinse this off or remove it with a cloth or damp cotton wool. The instructions say to use twice a week but as I have sensitive skin I was advised to use it once a week.

      *Results*
      I tried it in the shower and with a clean damp flannel and either way I was left with incredibly soft skin. I did have some redness, although I didn't have any more severe reactions. No flakiness or soreness. However
      the redness lasted well into the next day and I felt it was quite noticeable and I was quite self-conscious about it.

      *Price/value for money*
      At £21.30 for 125ml this is a premium product. I got three uses out of the tiny 5ml sample I had. Using it once a week I'd say the 125ml jar would last six months, so if it really worked for you, it would be worth the expense.

      *Would I buy again?*
      If it was a miracle product, I could maybe justify the price and purchase it for myself. But because of the redness I experienced, I'm going to say no.

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        10.01.2009 15:28
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        Great value if you find it half price!

        I was lucky enough to be bought this product by a friend who did the advertising for Estee Lauder group (which also distributes Clinique and Origins in the UK) so was able to purchase this exfoliator for £10 for a pot.

        It is packaged in a plastic pot with a white lid, be careful - this is easy to smash if you drop the lid on the floor. I much prefer a jar of face product as it enables you to get all of the product out so none is wasted.

        The product is made of fruit extracts and brown sugar and, like all Origins products is organic and free from nasty chemicals. It smells gorgeous (sweet and fruity) and is very gentle on your skin.

        To use just wet your skin with warm water then put a small amount of product onto your skin and using small circular movements exfoliate away all the dead skin.

        If it gets into your eyes just rinse - it is so gentle it does not hurt and if it gets into your mouth it tastes just like a sweet liquid so again dont worry.

        This is gentle enough to be used every day but I found it gave good results after two uses per week. It makes your skin smooth and leaves it looking younger and fresher. It also seems to lock in some moisture.

        Highly recommended for anyone with sensitive skin!

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        02.01.2009 14:03
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        Treat yourself to this exfoliator if you can afford it!

        Origins Never a Dull Moment is one of those exfoliators that women look longingly at, see the £20 price tag and then buy something for £5 and make do. Until you actually get to try this exfoliator, it is hard to justify the price tag but this product is worth it, trust me!

        Made from papaya extract and with apricot and mango seeds providing the exfoliating action, this thick and luxurious cream not only sloughs off the dead skin but actively dissolves it too with the AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) provided by the fruit extracts in it. You only need to use a little bit of this product as it is very good quality so you will use less than you would from something cheaper. A tub lasts me for around 18 months - 2 years using it around 1 - 2 times a week.

        All in all this product will leave your skin feeling very soft and smooth and is worth the cost.

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        17.12.2008 16:01
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        My favourite face scrub now!

        I am hopelessly addicted to exfoliating. There's very little I like more than a good scrub. I scrub daily, thanks to my exfoliating shower gloves, my exfoliating face wash, and my body and face scrubs. I'm a tiny bit concerned that one of these days I'm going to scrub too much and reach the bottom of my skin.

        It didn't take much convincing then for me to part with my cash for this - a recommendation on dooyoo, an advantage card points offer and a free gift when I got two Origins products was more than enough.

        This is very different to most face scrubs I've used - I kind of prefer Origins' own description of it as a face polisher. The first thing you'll notice when you take the lid off the tub is the orange colour, closely followed by the lovely fruity smell. The "polisher" has a gel-like appearance and consistency, looking shiny and translucent and feeling almost sticky. Very strange. When used with water, though, it spreads out just fine on the skin, and is very easy to scrub with.

        To use, scoop a very small amount out of the tub - apply too much and you'll have too much for the finely ground apricot and mango seeds to be scrubbable - they're that fine that they get lost in the acres of scrub if you over-apply, so be stingy with it! Application is really easy, and removal is just as easy - just rinse as you would any other facial scrub.

        Never A Dull Moment works in two different ways: the bits of natural seeds act as a manual exfoliant (when you scrub with them, that is), and the fruit enzymes in the rest of it work by dissolving away any excess skin cells in a more chemical exfoliating process. Calling it a chemical process makes it sound unnecessarily scary though - a lot of skin brightening or skin polishing products use similar ingredients to achieve these results, and there's nothing dangerous about them.

        After I've used this, my skin feels absolutely fantastic: the smoothest I've ever managed to get it. I find that it helps to restore my skin's glow, making me look healthy and radiant. It also seems to help my skin stay velvety-feeling all day, and completely matte. Because this is so gentle and natural, (I assume that's why anyway!) I find that this is really really good to my skin, making it almost feel moisturised straight after use. Obviously moisturiser is still an essential piece of the routine afterwards, but when I've used this I find I can forgo the other treatment creams I usually use under my moisturiser and still get a great result all day.

        I use this about two or three times a week, and I feel like this is best for good results - everyday use would start to limit its effectiveness I think (much as I'd dearly love to use it every day!).

        Never A Dull Moment comes in a 125g clear plastic tub with a white lid. The packaging looks very classy (much better than I've described, honest!) and I'm proudly displaying it in my bathroom. It isn't a cheap product at £22 a tub, but it will last for absolutely ages. I don't think I'll have reached the end of mine for at least 18 months, as you have to use so little of it. Therefore, I feel absolutely no guilt about forking out so much on a face scrub!

        I'd highly recommend this - it's the best gentle face scrub I've used. I have combination skin, and it works equally well on my dry, normal and greasy patches (I really sell myself in these reviews, don't I?!), so I'd say it's definitely suitable for all skin types.

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          21.10.2008 10:26
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          A fruit based facial exfoliator

          Every woman knows the importance of exfoliation - buff away the top "dead" layer of skin to reveal the youthful, glowing new skin beneath! But many exfoliators are just too harsh to be used regularly as they are just too gritty, giving you the impression that you are sandpapering your face! However, Origins have come up with the perfect regular exfoliator with Never a Dull Moment - a gorgeous smelling gel which contains Papain, a fruit based enzyme drawn from crushed papaya, which dissolves dead cells, and finely ground apricot and mango seeds which gently exfoliate.

          The product comes in a 125g pot - very simple packaging, a plastic pot with a white lid, which does manage to look very expensive - I was fooled into believing the plastic was actually glass for quite a while as its very heavy! I really like this design as it allows you to really use all of the product rather than having that annoying last bit left in the tube that you just can't get to!
          When you unscrew the lid the first thing you'll notice is the gorgeous smell - unsurprisingly given the ingredients it's very fruity and you can really smell the mango. Perfect to really wake you up in the morning. The texture of this is what distinguishes it from other exfoliants for me - it's a very thick gel, brown/orange in colour, and the seeds are really finely ground so it's a very gentle experience - not at all like the aggressive sea salt scrubs I also use.

          To use, simply scoop up a small bit using your fingertips and smooth onto a damp face, gently massaging in circular motions. Then just rinse off with warm water. For a real treat, you can use this as a face mask and leave on for a couple of minutes to allow the fruit enzymes to really get to work. You really don't need to use very much of the product - a little goes a long way - so it lasts for ages! I've had my pot nearly 2 years now which should give you some idea of just how long it lasts!

          I like to use this twice a week to give my skin a little pick me up and leave it glowing and I find it's more than gentle enough to use that regularly. It states that it's suitable for all skin types, you just need to adjust how often you use it according to how dry/oily your skin is.

          It's certainly not a cheap product at £20 per pot, but given how long it lasts and the effects it gives I think its well worth the money. Origins products are becoming easier to get hold of now and can be purchased in Origins stores (store locator here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html), John Lewis, and even some branches of Boots (who also stock Origins products on their website)

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            15.07.2008 19:10
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            A great facial scrub even for those with delicate skin

            This is another gorgeous product from Origins. I am a big fan of a lot of their products and used their Never a Dull Moment face wash already. The lovely staff at my local Origins counter recommended that I try this to exfoliate, minimise pores and give a glow to my skin - so I bought a tub and took it home. For reference I am 35 and have combination skin,which can be quite sensitive.

            It has a lovely fragrance of papaya, mango and apricot. The grains are quite fine so it doesn't scratch your skin. You just need to scoop out a tiny bit, I use as much as fits on the first joint of my index finger and massage it gently onto wet skin.

            The scrub gently lathers up and then you just rinse off so like the face wash, it is ideal to use in the shower which cuts down on your beauty regime time!

            Although you get good results after just one use, I use it 2-3 times a week normally after washing with the face wash first.

            Although Origins products are not inexpensive, because you only use a little, they do last along time so they are good value for money and the products do tend to use quite a few natural ingredients for instance this has crushed papaya, apricot seeds and mango seeds.

            Anyway, we are all entitled to a little bit of luxury now and again!

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              20.01.2004 17:14
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              In my opinion, first impressions count for everything....and the first thing that struck me about this product was that it smelt absolutely divine! I love apricots, and to me it just smelt really relaxing, and totally natural.

              When using beauty products I find that it's not just the overall result of the product that I consider, it's the whole package....the price, the packaging, the smell, the texture, and of course, the end result. I can't fault Origins using any of these criteria.


              THE EXFOLIATOR

              It is packaged in a simple but expensive looking plastic jar (although it does look so much like glass for a long time I thought it was) with a white screw on lid. It is definitely one you would be proud display on your dressing table (and I do?) I think the packaging was a great choice, as you can see all the scrummy fruit through the sides of the jar.

              When you unscrew the lid and have a whiff it smells so deliciously fruity that I am sometimes tempted to stick my tongue in the pot (although with previous experience of a raspberry soap from the Body Shop when I was younger, I normally manage to persuade myself it won?t TASTE how it SMELLS!) If you like apricot and/or mango you will most certainly love this.

              The exfoliator is gooey but it is not too thick in its texture. It glides easily onto the skin, and (like many Origins products) although it seems expensive it lasts a long time because a little goes a long way.


              WHEN TO USE IT:

              Whenever your skin is looking a little lacklustre, be it once a week/fortnight or two to three times a week. I usually apply this product once or twice weekly as I don?t want to use the product up too quickly and I
              don?t want to run the risk of over stimulating my skin and making it appear greasy.


              METHOD OF USE

              1. Slap a good layer on with your fingertips (one small scoop with your fingertips)
              2a. Rub your whole face gently in small circular motions.
              (2b - optional) Lie back and relax for a 1-2 minutes.
              3. Remove using warm water or a warm damp face cloth.
              4. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.


              THE RESULTS

              I find if I use it once a week rinsing it straight away and a second time leaving it for a couple of minutes it helps my skin feel both soft AND refreshed. Leaving it on for a couple of minutes whilst in the bath aids my skin in taking in some of the fantastic fruity goodness and it also helps me to relax whilst breathing in the exquisite apricot aroma!


              FOR WHICH SKIN TYPES?

              Never a Dull Moment is perfect for all skin types; you just adjust the frequency of use to suit your complexion.


              ~ HELPFUL HINT ~

              The only thing I would say about this product is....don't use it TOO often! I thought it was so lovely that I went through a stage of using it more than twice a week, and leaving it on for longer than 2 minutes. I found that this made my skin greasy - So once/twice a week maximum is probably best.


              PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

              £20 for a 125g tub. Yes, it is fairly expensive but it looks expensive and does the job better than many other harsh abrasive exfoliators so I?m happy.

              Origins is not sold in very many places. At present I can only get it
              from John Lewis in Bristol and the Origins shop in Bath. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html

              See www.origins.com for further information on the full range of products (although unfortunately you can't purchase online unless you live in Canada or the US).


              VERDICT

              I've used a fair few facial exfoliators in my life and although most of them do the job relatively well, a lot have used harsh gritty particles, almost like rubbing sand on your face. I find that with Never a Dull Moment I can get silky smooth fresh new skin without harshness or irritation, which I can only conclude must be a good thing.

              It speaks for itself in that I bought another pot as soon as my old one ran out. There are very few products in my cosmetics collection that survive a re-purchase!

              So it's expensive; so what? A girl's allowed a little luxury ever now and then!


              carly_pussycat ? dooyoo UK ©


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                12.01.2004 01:11
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                Ok so how can I tell you how fab this product is? I was shown this by an aussir friend and rushed out to buy this product immediately after! You see I have quite sensitive skin and am prone to some ezcema so I have to be very careful about what to use... anyway, I use this most days to cleanse, exfoliate and buff my facial skin. The results... always great! no irritation at all, I look shiny and my skin looks happy even before moisturising. Nice smell, very easy unscrew packaging. A must have for every woman that doesn't like fuss or have the time to spend hours over beautifying themselves! I have used it for 3 years now and don't think anyone can convert me to anything else! If your still not sure, go into Origins and ask for a sample and you'll see!

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                  28.02.2003 06:49
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                  I have never been one to spend a lot of money of skin care products, but I tried Origins Never a Dull Moment at a friend's house and I immediately had to run out for a jar of my own. One wonderful thing about Never a Dull Moment is that it is not too gritty. The exfoliating beads feel relaxing across your face, not like sandpaper. My skin was noticeably brighter and healthy looking after only one use. A trick that the saleswoman told me when I bought my jar was that you can also rub it over your face and leave it on for a bit for a clensing mask. Using it in this way makes your skin even softer and brighter than when you just rub it on and rinse off. I think this product is great. It is definitely the best thing that has ever happened to my face. Also, it lasts for a very long time. Using it nearly every day, it took me over 8 months to use up one 4.4 oz jar. It is very concentrated, so you only need a less than a dime sized dollop to cover your whole face. AND I was able to use ALL of the product, unlike some products that dry up or impossible to get to at the bottom of the bottle. Since it lasts so long and you can use it all, I think that by the time you buy 2 or 3 bottles of other products that you can't completely use, the cost evens out. I'd recommend Origins Never a Dull Moment to anyone (male or female) who wants healthy, fresh, and young looking skin.

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                    28.05.2001 20:44
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                    Exfoliation is good, so they all tell us. And if we don't exfoliate then our pores will become clogged and then all hell will break loose (or so the woman at the Clinique counter tried to persuade me once). So, if you wish to gently encourage new skin to peer through on your face Never a Dull Moment is really a good bet. This isn't really a new invention. I've been buying exfoliating products with apricot kernel (or in this case papaya) since I was a teenager, but for some reason there's something different about this product. For one thing there is not quite so much grit. I always get the feeling when I use an exfoliator that I'm gently rubbing sandpaper over my face, this product does not produce that. The grit is fairly light and glides quite nicely over the skin. I believe the secret may lie in the orange coloured gel that holds the grit together. This appears to clear and brighten the skin leaving the user quite fresh faced. Really!! I know what you're thinking, why the heck should I lay out 20£ for a pot of exotic fruit kernel and some gelly when sea salt mixed in to my face cleanser would do just as good. And yeah, I admit to thinking the same thing. But, for one, it really does what it says on the tin, my skin did look visibly clearer and more content following a treatment. It is also quite gentle. I leant some to my husband after a bout of athlete's foot had spread to his hands and the skin was flaking off (ewwww). This gently removed the dry skin on his hands without reddening or harming the fresh skin that was coming through. He had to be actively discouraged from approaching the jar afterwards once his hands had healed. Also, a little goes an amazingly long way. I've had my little pot now for over a month and it's barely gone below the rim, even after my husband had his way with it. The gel really holds the product together well and rather then just disintegrating into a load of sediment on
                    your face it keeps its consistency enabling a smoother wash. Until I met the Origins range I was tetchy about paying this sort of money for a product, but it seems they are one of the few ranges out there that are actually worth it. Origins products can be found in some branches of Debenhams (Belfast Castle Court for those in Northern Ireland) and I believe in some House of Frasers.

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                    Papain from crushed Papaya, dissolves lackluster cells and dissolves them up with no irritating friction while finely ground Apricot and Mango Seeds polish skin